Iain MacGregor

Biography

Iain MacGregor has been an editor and publisher of nonfiction for over 25 years. He is the author of the acclaimed oral history of Cold War Berlin: Checkpoint Charlie and his writing has appeared in the Guardian, Spectator and BBC History.

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As a history student he visited the Baltic and the Soviet Union in the early 1980s and has been captivated by Soviet history ever since. He has published books on every aspect of the Second World War on the Eastern Front 1941-45 and has visited archives in Leningrad, Moscow, and Volgograd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and lives with his wife and two children in London.

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A Burning Sea
A Burning Sea
A Burning Sea
A Burning Sea

Articles

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Coventry & Stalingrad

Coventry & Stalingrad

A faded mural on the streets of Coventry is meant to represent an unbreakable bond between itself and Russia. Volgograd twinned with Coventry in 1944, becoming the first city in the world to pair with a foreign counterpart. The mural was called ‘Volgograd Place’ and encapsulated the enduring ...
The Lost Division at Stalingrad

The Lost Division at Stalingrad

President Vladimir Putin’s decision to send his armed forces into the sovereign state of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 has caused Europe’s largest refugee crisis. Almost a quarter of the Ukrainian population (9.8 million) have fled the fighting and key cities such as Mariupol, Kherson and Kharkiv

Interviews

Iain MacGregor

Iain MacGregor

What first attracted you to the period or periods you work in?From a young age I have avidly devoured narratives and illustrated books on military history of all periods. I have been fascinated by the Second World War and it clearly has left its mark on the United Kingdom as a whole and
AoH Book Club: Iain MacGregor on Checkpoint Charlie

AoH Book Club: Iain MacGregor on Checkpoint Charlie

Iain, Checkpoint Charlie was your second history book, but your first on the 20th century. What is it about Checkpoint Charlie that fascinates us, nearly 35 years after the Wall came down?For those like me who grew up as teenagers in the 1980s, the Cold War was a real and an ever-present ...

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